On October 6, 1947, a 20-year-old Los Angeles County resident named Dolores Del Real went into labor. She wasn’t going to make it to the hospital on time, so she stopped at the El Monte police station for help.
The on-duty policeman, Joseph V. Ervin, “acted as midwife” and “delivered the boy in a rear room of the station.” In honor of Officer Ervin, Dolores named her baby Joseph.
(And records show that the baby’s middle name was Virgil — this may have come from Ervin as well.)
Source: “Infant Born in Station Named After Policeman.” Los Angeles Times 7 Oct. 1947: A1.